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>> stop motion sometimes on this side of 9:00 p.m. at least but i know what you mean. thank you. thank you at home for staying with us for the next hour. the president turned to the unemployment emergency today. the good political news for him on that subject is that his opposition, for whatever he decides to do, is going to include these guys, who are putting out their own ideas, which is awesome for obama. after days of silence and days of our reporting, some american politicians finally have something to say about another country's proposed lau to kill people for being gay. a trms investigation heats up, and it is coming up. the creepiness that used to be named black woirtd turns out to be creepier than the most paranoid thought. we're joined by jeremy scahill to talk about that. a moment of geek involving the internets and giant red balloons and the possibility of you winning $40,000. it's all ahead. we begin tonight with a really big, really important brainstorming session.
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>> we cannot hang back and hope for the best when we've seen the kinds of job losses we've seen over the last year. >> president obama invited 130 executives, labor leaders, economists and small business owners all to the white house today to try to tackle the country's worst unemployment crisis since the reagan years. this is not just one of a series of weongy little policy initiatives on the obama administration agenda, but head of the line, huge deal dwarfs all other problems that has the power not only to sink the next elections for the president's party but potentially to sink a presidency. it also, frankly, has the potential to change the character of our country. financial watchdog elizabeth warren is now warning about the prospect of an america without a middle class. it is a really big problem. and it's one that's going to take a really big solution, a massive jobs initiative.
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nobel prize winning economist paul krugman sounding the alarm or what he calls a social and economic emergencies. mr. krugman noting state and local governments are going broke because they're taking in less taxes and they often can't legally run deficits. to keep them from laying off hundreds of thousands of workers, krugman is recommending direct federal aid to state and local governments and a lot of it. he's also calling for at least a small-scale version, he says of the new deals work progress administration, to put people to work directly at public service jobs. he's also calling for federal incentives for businesses that hire new workers, literally paying companies if they hire people. a version of that, paying companies not to fire people in the first place really helped blount unemployment in germany. now, none of this would be cheap. these are not shy little tinkering ideas. but this is not a shy little tinkering unemployment crisis. this is huge. there are six people looking for a job for every job that's out there.
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six people looking for a job for every single job. a third of our fellow americans who are unemployed right now have been unemployed for more than six months. this is not an economy that needs one-yard gains, little quarterback sneaks. we need yardage. we need to make up a lot of ground and fast. long bombs, end-arounds that get us near the goal line. 75-yard punt returns for touchdowns. and as the white house tries to put those kinds of big plays together, they do have one little bit of good political news to bask in. there is apparently no real defense on this subject coming from the other political team. if democrats need to do something big on the economy, they can take comfort in at least so far republicans offering only totally random alternative ideas. on the occasion of the president's jobs summit today both the current house republican leader john boehner and former leader newt gingrich held their own jobs summit.
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boehner featured the fiscally disastrous bush tax cuts and former economic adviser to john mccain. that adviser is most famous for having written a book ten years ago called "dow 36,000." yeah, remember when the dow hit 36,000? no, you don't. house minority whip eric cantor is also pushing his own economic recovery plan, hint, hint, tax cuts, a spending freeze. and mitt romney, remember him? mitt romney of all people unveiled his ten-point jobs plan in an op-ed in "usa today." romney bravely calls for extending those fiscally disastrous bush tax cuts. he calls for investing in nuclear power plants, and he calls for stopping any pesky limits on ceo pay for bailed-out companies. mitt romney also thinks we need to make sure there's not too much red tape in the financial sector. because if there's one thing we learned in this financial crisis this past year, it's that wall street needs to be let loose a little more. and the ceos of companies that
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imploded, they frankly need to get paid a little better. see you in 2012, mr. romney. joining us now is congressman peter defazio, democrat of oregon. congressman defazio, thank you so much for coming on the show tonight. really appreciate it. >> rachel, it would be funny if we weren't in so much trouble. >> i know. let me ask you about the premise as i see it here. i think that democrats, that we as a country need to do something big, that there's going to actually need to be some pretty big government action to tackle unemployment this big. do you think that's true? >> absolutely. i remember the so-called stimulus, which i was one of the few democrats to vote against last spring, it ditched a bunch of investment in infrastructure and other concrete improvements, school construction and other things, in favor of yet another dose of tax cuts to get three republican senate votes. i'm hoping the obama administration has moved beyond that now and realizes that we aren't going to hear anything from that side that's meaningful, nothing that's going to put people back to work.
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what good is a tax cut when you're unemployed? and begin to invest in some of the basics. we have a plan to begin to catch up with our infrastructure deficit in this country. we just got great numbers from the couple of national groups both on transit and highway and bridge infrastructure. and we could productively invest within 120 days $7 billion creating over 2 million construction jobs,associated jobs in other field, 4,000 manufacturing jobs producing transit vehicles, parts for that and control systems and all those sorts of things. that's just a start. but that would putt a foundation underneath a long-term productive recovery for this country. >> as you said, you voted against the stimulus bill in part, as i understand it, because that infrastructure spending got dropped. when you talk about something with 120 days horizon spending
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money to create 2.4 million jobs, those sound like very, very rich numbers in terms of the effectiveness of government spending and what we need to do in terms of jobs. what do you think the political prospects are in getting something like that passed. >> >> it seems maybe even larry summers is coming around. we talked about him before, his reluctance to invest in infrastructure. 4% of the money spent out of that so-called stimulus has produced 25% of the jobs, and that was transportation infrastructure. real jobs, measurable job, we can tell you how every single one was, unlike a lot of the other things that haven't begun to produce jobs. >> on that subject, in talking about the republican counter proposals thus far -- and i think it's important, in order to understand what kind of political opposition job creation pro polesals are going to face. the one thing that republicans do all seem to agree on is this talking point that the stimulus has been a huge failure.
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a brief summary of that right here to listen to. >> they've got a stimulus bill that's not working. >> of course it's failed. >> to do so would acknowledge the failure of the stimulus bill passed in january. >> their stimulus didn't work. >> their stimulus didn't work. that's the one talking point all of these different republicans agree on. didn't the cbo just say that stimulus really has worked? >> that which was spent on transportation infrastructure, real investments has produced quite a few jobs. the jobs we saved in public education and in the states, in critical public services, police, fire, all those things have worked. but there's a lot that has yet to happen. some of the green jobs stuff has gone awry in terms of wind power where most of the manufacturing jobs for the wind turbines have gone to china. we need stronger by america provisions in any subsequent bills that are aimed at an american jobs recovery, not a chinese jobs recovery. >> a lot of people will be looking to you for leadership, i
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think, and guidance and actually explanatory power in following the infrastructure focus for this next undoubted round of spending. i do have one last question for you, congressman. oregon or oregon state? >> i wanted to wear my "o" hat in here. i'm a duck. i'm headed there right now. i mean, not to the game but to a place to watch it. >> and i realize it was a big sacrifice to spend this time not watching the game. so thank you very much. go ducks. >> go ducks. >> appreciate it. congressman peter defazio of oregon. i say blackwater. you say guns for hire that operate outside the purview of any country's laws? right. how about guns for hire company whose founder turns out was doubling as a cia operative and personally acting as part of a hitman squad for our secret military in places we're not supposed to be. yeah. we've got the details coming up. or you could just wait for it to become a stephen solder berg movie. several members of congress
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react to another country's proposed law to kill people for being gay. these american leaders had not said a word about it until the story of their links to the people behind this bill made it on to tv. an exclusive and rather shocking trms investigation is next. sh. especially if you're shopping for a chevy. can we speed this up? not only do they come with the best deals of the year, they come with the best coverage in america. you snooze you lose. hey! i'll take it! let the chevy red tag event begin. now during the chevy red tag event, get 0 percent apr for 72 months on most '09 models. see red and save green. now at your local chevy dealer. ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] light up your season with a brighter, whiter smile. with crest whitestrips advanced seal. ♪ you'll start seeing a whiter smile after just three days.
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today on the continent of africa, nearly 30 million people have the aids virus. including 3 million children
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under the age of 15. ladies and gentlemen, seldom has history offered a greater opportunity to do so much for so many. tonight i propose the emergency plan for aids relief. a work of mercy beyond all current international efforts to help the people of africa. >> a legitimately moving moment in president bush's state of the union address back in the year 2003. when all was said and done after two terms of the bush administration, american help fighting hiv and aids in africa was one marquee issue of compassionate conservatism that mr. bush could brag about in trying to shape his legacy for historians and he did talk about the issue at the end of his presidency to remind people about that. the issue became one of the hallmark causes for a lot of different conservatives who wanted to keep the compassionate conservatism idea alive like kansas senator sam brownback. >> it's amazing how grateful
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people are for -- if you save -- help save their lives. the approval ratings of the united states in africa, the highest continent in the world -- >> but it's not just that these conservative religious politicians have a generic continentwide engagement on the issue of aids in africa. the involvement that these politicians have had has largely been focused on one specific country, uganda. when president bush came into office, uganda was one of the success stories in africa when it came to fighting aids. the success was built around a strategy called abc. it stood for abstinence, be faithful and condoms. in other words, first abstain from sex, otherwise be monogamous, otherwise use condoms. and condom billboards, condom promotion was evident all over the nation of uganda. this effort to combat hiv and aids through that comprehensive strategy worked pretty well. infection rates in uganda dropped from about 15% to 5%
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from 1991 to 2001. but then president bush's big high profile push to help fight aids in africa ending up coming with a big catch. american conservatives wanted the focus to be on abstinence, not on condoms. >> it's the abstinence focus. if you want to stop the spread, the key best way to do it is abstinence. >> when congress finally passed the big aids legislation that president bush wanted, republican congressman joe pitts slipped in an amendment that said 33% of the funding, 33% could only be used for abstinence programs. fully, a third of that program earmarked only for abstinence. even as american research consistently demonstrated abstinence programs just don't work. as religious conservatives were pushing abstinence on places like uganda from washington, internationally minded, politically connected, america conservative evangelical sls began focusing on uganda as
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well. evangelicals like american pastor rick warren and his saddleback church, like the family which we talked about on this program with jeff sharlet, the secretive religious organization that runs the c street dormitory in washington. republican senator james inhofe of oklahoma credits him for launching his own activism in africa. >> inld the scenes and quiet. talked me into going to africa. >> religious conservatives saw uganda specifically as a place they could have some real influence. uganda's first lady became an emphatically born again christian. her husband, the president, is believed to have serious ties to the family. same goes for the ethics minister of uganda as well as a number of legislators there. one of uganda's most prominent pastors began speaking at rick warren's mega church. he became so close with rick warren that rick warren's wife
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apparently called him her brother. while americans were courting the ew ganldian pastor here touting their compassionate conservatism, back in uganda he was taking up the anti-condom cause, holding public bonfires of condoms, conducting some of the most extreme anti-gay preaching and activism anywhere in the world. e. van gel kals and conservative politicians in this country saw it as a place to leave their mark. senator james inhofe made at least 20 trips to africa just since 1999, mostly to uganda as well as ethiopia. in march of this year, a group of three american evangelicals traveled to uganda for a conference on the evils of homosexuality. their message was homosexuality is a choice, that it can be cured by a relationship with jesus that, in short, you can pray the gay away. there's been a dual effort under way, proselytizing by
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evangelicals and assurances by american politicians that we can solve that nation's aids problem. the culmination of these efforts with the massive focus on uganda is a piece of legislation that's been introduced in that country now that attempts, it says, to tackle the aids problem in that country and the problem of homosexuality all at once. it's a bill that calls for the execution of any gay ew ganldian who is hiv positive caught having gay sex, death by hanging specifically and it's not just gay ugandans hiv positive targeted. the sentence for being gay is life imprisonment. the sentence for knowing somebody who is gay and not reporting them to authorities presumably so they can be prosecuted is three years in prison. this bill was written by a ugandan legislator purportedly taken in by james inhofe and the family here in america. having lit this fuse and created this environment in uganda where a bill like this can exist some american evangelicals and
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conservative politicians are now sort of washing their hand of the whole situation, pastor rick warren saying, quote -- the evangelical leaders who went there in march now saying their intent was not at all to inspire this type of legislation. but what about all of the conservative politicians in this country who have shown themselves to have such influence in uganda and who have decided to concern themselves so publicly with this one specific country in africa? now that there's a bill in that country that calls are to the execution of people who are gay in that country for the simple fact of being gay, those politicians maybe should say what they think about it. family linked senator tom coburn's office telling us today that the senator does not support the legislation. when we asked his office whether he would communicate that to officials in ew ghandia where it might matter, the senator had no comment. family linked congressman bart
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stupak's office telling us, quote -- mr. stupak's office adding that he believes the state department is looking into it. indeed the state department telling us exclusively today that they are looking into the matter saying, quote -- the state department tells us that they are in the process of raising this issue with ugandan authorities. now, the office of congressman joe pitts, who slipped in that pro-abstinence language telling us today -- who slipped in that pro-abstinence language in the bush aids bill, he told us today, quote -- these statements of course encouragin encouraging. some other senators remaining silent on the issue as yet. senator john ensign's office told us today they could not get an answer from him on this issue because he's been so focused on health care. we made repeated calls to the
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office of senator james inhofe and sam brownback. we have yet to hear back from either of them on this issue despite the fact they've been so proudly outspoken on issues affecting uganda and specifically sexuality in uganda in the past. conservative politicians and evangelicals in this country made a really big push into africa in recent years and even been very delighted to get some political acclaim as compassionate conservatives for having done so. when a human rights disaster like this is born in that country that they've taken so much pride in showing off their influence in, in a country they have been intimately involved in, it could be argued it's incumbent on those politicians to at least think what they think about that legislation, if not take action in that country in which they have such influence. we'll keep you posted on what we hear from them, their future actions or lack thereof. we rolt for drivers of these great gm brands. we can do the small things, the big things, just about everything... right inside your gm dealership.
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by the time president obama's new plan for afghanistan is implemented, there will be 100,000 u.s. troops there, which means that president obama will have roughly triple the number of u.s. troops that were in afghanistan when he took office. that's the most talked about but the second most sobering set of numbers of the whole new afghanistan policy. the most sobering and perhaps overlooked is that as we look to get up to 100,000 troops in afghanistan, turns out we've already got more than 100,000 contractors there. yeah. u.s. central command telling talking points memo that the
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number of contractors in afghanistan is 104,000 now. and that number has grown by 30,000 just in the past six months. and the number of contractors is only expected to grow further along with the new troop increase. the last time we paid a lot of attention to contractors in afghanistan, some of them were doing vodka shots in places -- yeah. embarrassing the country and themselves and making us wonder all over again why it is we pay people like this to go to our embassy instead of our own troops. here's a new reason to wonder. stunning revelations about the most notorious defense contractor of them all, blackwater and its founder erik prince. a new article in "vanity fair" by adam sh war rofky says this about erik prince --
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it's not just that blackwater has been working for the cia. the allegation is that erik prince personally has been working for the cia. the cia assassination squads we heard so much about this summer when it was revealed that the cia had kept them secret from congress, apparently they trained at erik prince's house. joining us now jeremy scahill, for "the nation" whose cover story is on blackwater called "the secret u.s. war in pakistan: u.s. forces enlist blackwater's help on covert operations." what is important about erik prince personally being a spy and admitting to it now beyond
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what we already know about what his company does? >> i have to say on the outset i see this as erik prince taking out an insurance policy for himself and talking to a guy who served adam swarovski as a lawyer. he's in the crosshairs of congress of federal investigators and others. by sort of preempting what he thinks will be a barrage of attacks against him by essentially outing cia operations himself and then crying that he's like valerie plame it's a way to insulate himself from future attacks. what's significant is erik prinls tried to join the cia and my sources tell me he failed the polygraph test, not that he didn't have enough experience, wills what he says in this piece but he couldn't pass the polygraph. so there was an alternative arrangement made with prince where he not only as you say was sort of running a private war, sometimes with the cia, sometimes with the special forces, sometimes free lance, but he himself also was an asset of the cia. him coming forward now, i think, is significant. but i also think we have to realize he is a smart political guy, too.
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he knows what he's doing. >> in the "vanity fair" piece, erik prince says it is one of blackwater's bases in afghanistan that is the closest forward operating base to pakistan. in "the nation," you are reporting that despite the company's denials, blackwater totally is operating in pakistan itself right now. what are you able to report that they're doing there? >> for years blackwater has been operating under the cover of a training program. we heard a lot about training from the president since his plan was addressed. blackwater's training the pakistani frontier corps which is a force hunting down high value targets. told me that the line is crossed, that blackwater people are going out on the raids. parallel to that blackwater is at the center of a u.s. special forces, not cia but u.s. special forces drone bombing campaign inside of afghanistan. they are also helping to plan targeted assassinations, snatch and grab operations not just in pakistan but also against the islamic movement of uzbekistan
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inside of there as well. >> this is a huge deal because in terms of learning about what we're doing with the drones, which they have been able to say up to this point, yeah, the military uses drones. they use them in places like iraq and afghanistan. they use them for surveillance, sometimes for bombing. if there are drone attacks in pakistan, those are not u.s. military, that's the cia, that's why we never comment on them. you're saying that's not true. it's contractors, but they are also working with the u.s. military, secret elements of the u.s. military. >> you have multiple sources including a well placed military source. and part of the reason why the military source is speaking to me is because he is offended at the idea that you have these operations happening outside of the military chain of command and with no oversight from the congress and says that some of the highest civilian casualty attacks from the drones are not in fact cia attacks but are military attacks because as he put it they simply don't care. there's no oversight. if there's one bad guy in a building and 35 civilians, 35
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are going to die. >> read you from "the new york times" website, just spofted, new article by scott shane entitled cia expanding drone assaults inside of pakistan. shane says the white house has authorized an expansion of the cia's drone program in pakistan's lawless tribal area to parallel the president's decision to send 30,000 more troops to afghanistan. american officials talking with pakistan about the possibility of striking in one province they've never apparently done drone strikes in before, baluchistan, controversial because it's outside the tribal areas. they say that's where they believe afghan taliban leaders are believed to hide. >> we need to view this sober reality. the war is in pakistan right now. there's no question about it. the question, though, is how much is it going to expand. are we going to see an expansion of covert operation teams alongside the drones? this is i think a very disturbing aspects of what we're seeing unfold right now, because these are actions that are going to destabilize pakistan and
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create new enemies for the united states because of the high civilian casualties they'll bring on. >> that may be a risk the united states is willing to incur -- >> clearly. >> it is. in order to reap whatever anti-military benefit we can. it's complicated by the fact because these are covert operations we're not willing to explain what it is we're doing and creates a complete chasm of credibility between us and pakistan. >> it also raises the prospect of not -- the clandestine operations of the cia. the pakistanis have long known the cia was doing. but military operations inside a country we don't have a declaration of war against. >> jeremy scahill. the cover story on black woirtd called the secret u.s. war in pakistan. u.s. forces enlist blackwater's help on special operations. thank you for sharing your insight. president and laura bush are now out on the speaking circuit making some major detarot these days. did you hear who laura bush gave a really big paid speech to? with friends around the country.
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climate change designers is fascinating for lots of other reasons, including what he says is a 100% homosexual free multi-generational family history. we have a truly geek-tacular moment that could earn the most geekiest among us $40,000. a few holy mackerel stories. last night i had a rather robust discussion about the military escalation in afghanistan with susan rice, our u.s. ambassador to the united nations, with whom it turns out i enjoy civil disagreement. one point that the news gods insist we follow up on today. >> in pakistan, where we also are working to reduce and eliminate the safe haven, you have now a government that is actively going after the extremists and actively trying to counter. >> a government that is actively going after the extremists and trying to counter them. the crucial point about why it supposedly makes sense to
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escalate now. oops, i didn't need that anyway. why your nines escalation will be effective even if year eights wasn't. now in year nine the administration argues pakistan is fighting extremists, right? so it makes all the difference, this is why it will work this time. pakistani prime minister yousuf raza galany. >> i doubt the information you are given is correct because i don't think osama bin laden is in pakistan. >> i don't think osama bin laden is in pakistan. osama bin who? where, here? if one of the arguments for sending 30,000 more troops to afghanistan is that pakistan is supposedly fired up on all cylinders about fighting terrorists hes, somebody should maybe check with them to see if pakistan realizes osama freakin'' bin laden exists in their country. propanolol, a blood pressure medication and also the kind of thing that can kill you if you take an overdose.
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on november 10th, a young doctor who worked at a prison outside tehran received the delivery order of a salad. the young doctor ate the salad and dropped dead. forensic tets now revealing the salad was laced with a lethal dose of propanolol. that same doctor earlier this year had testified to a committee in iran's parliament that protesters against the government -- protesters against the government, after iran's disastrous presidential election, had been tortured at the prison that he worked at. he testified that one young protester he had treated had died from torture he'd suffered in prison. he said he had been ordered to list the cause of that protester's death as meningitis. ultimately, the scandal of the tortured protesters in iran led the country's supreme leader to shut down that specific prison where the whistleblower doctor worked. but by november 10th, the doctor, 26 years old was dead after eating that medication-lalsed salad. authorities first said that he was killed in a car accident, then they said he'd had a heart
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attack at age 26. then last week, the top police officer in iran said the doctor had killed himself in a courthouse and left a suicide note. now, the tests reveal it was death by poisoned salad, iran's prosecutors say they're still looking into whether the death was a murder or a suicide because maybe he chose to kill himself with a salad? we will keep you posted on this case. . a month ago we brought you a glimpse of president george w. bush's post presidential career as a motivational speaker. kent jones went down there to hear the 43nd president speak at a get motivated seminar where he shared the stage with football player terry bradshaw. turns out that was not a one-off. our nation's 43rd president is still in the business of motivating people for an undisclosed but rumored to be quite large six-figure fee. he was key speaker at another
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get motivated speaker at san antonio, texas, including spurs point guard tony parker. and this guy, name of james smith. where is james smith? that's still tony parker. come on. no james smith? all right. there he is. james smith gives real estate investment advice, a little bit for free at an event like get motivated and then for much, much, much more at his follow-up seminars. they cost thousands of dollars. sign up now, get rich quick. the san antonio express news reports president bush's remarks included his now standard line about the humbling effect of having to pick up dog poo when he walks his dog now. but george w. is not the only member of the bush family who is making money these days. now looks like former first lady laura bush is out on the random trade association chicken dinner circuit as well. the former first lady spoke this week at a dinner for the foundation of the national association of train -- of chain drugstores. the national association of
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deployment having on dwell time and the length of deployment cycles and reset? >> we want to get to a point where they're home twice as long. with this deployment decision, we expect that it will probably take a couple more years to the point where he's out two-to-one. >> that was yesterday. today testifying before the house armed services committee, admiral mullen seemed to slightly back off that more pessimistic prediction. >> we'll still be able to have on the marine corps side dwell time move out towards two-to-one fairly significantly, a little more slowly on the army side. >> a little more slowly on the army side. john solts of the progressive veterans group votevets.org says it's bad in itself and raises the prospect of other potentially troubling consequences of the troop escalation for the military. quote -- (announcer) we call it the american renewal.
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because there has been so much political change in the past year, the political
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headlines now are often populated by people you might not have heard of before recently. so as a public service, we have tasked our own intrepid kent jones with figuring out the salient details of who some of these folks are. it is tmi. and tonight we feature someone who came up earlier regarding his involvement with american evangelicals in uganda. kent, kent, tell us who it is. tell us who it is. >> it is of course conservative republican senator james inhofe. and the more i've learned about him, i don't know where he gets time for uganda. check it out. >> all right. >> it is not the t.a.r.p. program anymore. it's the s.o. ap. praep spend money on anything program. >> reporter: no tax and spend big government acronym will get in the way of james m. inhofe. the m. stands for mountain. no, really, his name is james mountain inhofe. and what a mighty unyielding alp he is. all the others are just
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foothills. >> i get criticized for being critical. >> reporter: the 75-year-old oklahoma republican told as a life insurance executive, a state senator and mayor of tulsa before being elected to the u.s. senate in the newt gingrich revolution of 1994. washington, meet senator god, guns and gays. >> in the recorded history of our family, we've never had a divorce or any kind of a homosexual relationship. >> reporter: it's this kind of inclusive nonjudgmental world view that got inhofe reelected three times. the voters of oklahoma giving him a clear mandate against change. during the bush years, inhofe was free to roam with the fullbacking of the white house. >> the president did a good job. >> reporter: but now that obama administration obama administration and the democrats are involved, the mountain has become volcano indignation like health reform on a saturday night? >> what are our people doing on
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saturday night? they're not watching tv or listening to the radio. flay eve got ball games and other things that people do on a saturday night. >> how could this so-called president possibly close the prison at guantanamo. >> there's been a domed case of torture at guantanamo. this is all a fabrication of the terrorists and those individuals in the middle east who try to make it look like we're torturing people. >> reporter: during his tenure, inhofe voted no on implements the 9/11 commission recommendations, no on requiring background checks on sales at gun shows and said the birthers, quote, had a point. but since he became chairman of the environment and public works committee, the senator has become most famous for this -- >> since 2003, i have been the lead senator standing up and exposing the science and the hysteria beyond global warming alarmism. >> james mountain inhofe is an inconvenient truth. >> you're going to see a lot of desperate things that they're
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going to try to do. but that one, as we said in oklahoma, that dog's not going to hunt. >> desperate alarmists. not like when cool, collected senator inhofe compared the environmental protection agency to the gestapo or likened clinton's e.p.a. administrator to tokyo rose. or when he said global warming is a myth perpetuated by the weather channel to boost rati ratings. inhofe also famously declared that global warming is, quote, the second largest hoax ever played on the american people, after the separation of church and state. >> it's not whether or not we're going through a global warming period. we were. we're not now. you know, god is still up there. we're now going through a cooling spell and the whole issue there is, is it manmade gases? co2, methane? i don't think so. >> reporter: as for the upcoming climate change summit in copen
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haggen? oh, he'll be there. >> i'll be in copenhagen. despite the millions of dollars spent, it's failed. >> ah, yes, al gore, his great climate change nemesis, the yang to inhofe's yin. >> well, it seems that -- >> may i -- >> joined the course -- >> senator inhofe, freeze the time far minute. >> take your time. why don't we do this. at the end, you can have as much time as you want -- >> no, that isn't the rule. you're not making the rules. you used to when you did this. you don't do this anymore. elections have con kwenss. >> yes, elections do have consequences. senator inhofe won re-election last year. so we'll be in with this mountain at least until january 2015. >> middle name actually mountain? not a t.m.i. invention?
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>> for real. >> did he also really suggest that the weather channel was trying to boost its ratings? >> well he said they would like that, yeah. it would be great. they would love it if we were afraid all the time. >> my girlfriend susan is here tonight and susan is obsessed with the weather channel. and honey, i don't want you believe it. i don't want him to hurt your feelings. he didn't mean it. take that you, senator inhofe. thank you very much. coming up on account kwou"count olbermann asks why sarah palin is charging people to take pictures with her. and using giant balloons instead of chocolate bars. we have a very cool moment of geek coming up next.
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>> tonight's "moment of geek" involves ten red pa loons, $40,000 and at least the national security of the united states of america. it is a project of darpa, the research arm of the pentagon that was founded in 1958 after the soviets surprised us by launching their sputnik satellite. one of the things that darpa does now is sponsor public competitions for money in the overwhelm that competition for that money will drive invasion. b in their last big public challenge for money, the invasion was about making cars go without drivers and without roe mote control. robot car, spooky. their next one, balloons. on saturday at 10:00 a.m. eastern time, ten big eight-foot wide red weather balloons are going to appear at ten locations
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around the continental u.s. they will be pulled down at 4:00 in the afternoon. the first person who finds all ten of these balloons and smits to darpa the latitude and longitude will win $40,000. they're already anticipating that competing teams will use disininformation, and maybe even put up their own fake balloons to psych out other teams. so darpa staff members will be stationed with each legitimate balloon with their darpa credentials in hand, available for inspection. as if the whole thing could not get any geekier. darpa announced the project on october 29, because it was the anniversary of the day that the first message was sent over the arpa net. and the balloon channel will take place on december 5, december 5 being the 40th anniversary of the day when the first four nodes of the arpa net
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were connected. the node connecting anniversary, of course. the arpta net, the advanced reresearch project agency networks eventually became the internet. despite darpa's challenge, we are launch, our own little balloon quest, but we could only muster three balloons. we have embedded a red balloon like that one in three different online video segments. you can help each other or hurt each other's chances, via twitter. be the first person to e-mail us with the correct locations of the three balloons and i will announce the winner on the show a week from today. no cash, sorry. ge just sold us to comcast scene we're t and we're trying not to freak

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